kjv@John:4:5@ Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
kjv@John:4:6@ Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
kjv@John:4:7@ There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
kjv@John:4:8@ (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)
kjv@John:4:9@ Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
kjv@John:4:10@ Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
kjv@John:4:11@ The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
kjv@John:4:12@ Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
kjv@John:4:13@ Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
kjv@John:4:14@ But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
kjv@John:4:15@ The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
kjv@John:4:16@ Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.
kjv@John:4:17@ The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:
kjv@John:4:18@ For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.
kjv@John:4:19@ The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
kjv@John:4:20@ Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
kjv@John:4:21@ Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
kjv@John:4:22@ Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
kjv@John:4:23@ But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
kjv@John:4:24@ God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
kjv@John:4:25@ The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
kjv@John:4:26@ Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
kjv@John:4:27@ And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?
kjv@John:4:28@ The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,
kjv@John:4:29@ Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
kjv@John:4:30@ Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.
kjv@John:4:31@ In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.
kjv@John:4:32@ But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
kjv@John:4:33@ Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
kjv@John:4:34@ Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
kjv@John:4:35@ Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
kjv@John:4:36@ And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
kjv@John:4:37@ And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
kjv@John:4:38@ I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
kjv@John:4:39@ And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.
kjv@John:4:40@ So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.
Two possible explanations to her statement. One, there was more to their conversation than the author recorded here, personal information we don't need to know. Two the revelation of her five husbands overwhelmed her and felt as if it was everything she had ever done. Either way she was convinced beyond conviction.
Jesus provides us with a discourse on the meaning of true worship. For those that believe that all paths lead to God any form of worship is suitable. Jesus says that one must worship the Father in Spirit and truth. What is true about worship if is not done in the Spirit (note: not in a spirit)? To be of the Spirit one must be born again. To be born again one must believe that Jesus is Son of God, the Christ. The Spirit cannot be forged or approximated or imagined any other way. It is the difference between believing in a god and believing God, that what He says and what He is and what He seeks for us to be is all we need consider. Some would say that that is simply too narrow; open minded is easy only for those who wish to remain uncommitted!
Jesus speaks of many laborers, men reaping harvest from what others had sown. The word is being sown in many fashions, the testimony of the Samaritan woman at the well, the gossip in Galilee where Jesus had earlier turned water to wine, Jesus' own testimony, the public acknowledgements of John the Baptist and his disciples. The sowers go back even further to the efforts of the prophets and of old. When God is truly behind something important to Himself as this, the means and methods of planting and harvesting cannot be limited to human terms. Neither should we limit God in our minds in our day in what He is doing all around us in the harvest fields.
If I were to ask nearly any non-believer 'what is God?' the near unanimous reply would be "God is love". If I were to ask then 'what is love?' I would receive a multitude of varying replies mostly having something to do with tolerance for their sins. The question then to ask is 'doesn't that mean that love is whatever one wants/needs it to be?' or better 'that God is whomever we want/need Him to be?'. What kind of god can we ourselves make up? Is your wife whomever you wish her to be? Is your son? Is there any other working relationship that you know of that is determined by what you wish it to be? Are we not individual? Do we not have structure and backbone, interests and opinions and needs of our own that you yourself have to accept navigate and familiarize your self with? Isn't that the beauty of relationships? Why should it be any different with God? We love God because he first loved us. It was not our minute and varying personal perceptions of God with which He loved us, it was His gigantic eternal design for present and future, a love that would redeem us from our sins and set us aright into eternity. It was not our selfish 'I need you to be this' love or 'do this now for me or else' love or 'if you even exist' love for His love came before our love. What then is love? God is love? What is God? Creator and perfecter and possessor of our souls in whom no darkness dwells and in that He is absolute love.